Naked City: A Killer Christmas

  • 1999
  • Movie
  • R
  • Action, Crime

It's the holiday season, and a serial killer is terrorizing Manhattan. Can NYPD partners Daniel Muldoon (Scott Glenn) and Jimmy Halloran (Courtney B. Vance) track down the perp? Disguising himself — thanks to a hyper-realistic face mask — as Ralph Peralta (Richard Mc Millan), victims' rights advocate Soloff (Nigel Bennett) murders D.U.I. recidivists...read more

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It's the holiday season, and a serial killer is terrorizing Manhattan. Can NYPD partners Daniel Muldoon (Scott Glenn) and Jimmy Halloran (Courtney B. Vance) track down the perp? Disguising himself — thanks to a hyper-realistic face mask — as Ralph Peralta (Richard Mc Millan), victims' rights advocate Soloff (Nigel Bennett) murders D.U.I. recidivists while holding the real Peralta hostage. When Soloff guns down artist Sierra Blanca (Juan Chioran) at his gallery opening, he infuriates Muldoon by also shooting the officer's girlfriend Eva (Barbara Williams). Misleading the cops, Soloff piques the interest of ambitious TV news anchor Jerri Millar (Laura Leighton), who plasters Peralta's photo on her show and sensationalizes the senseless homicides. After Soloff slays fall guy Peralta and arranges his murder to look like a suicide, the department closes the case, but an unconvinced Muldoon doggedly seeks a link between victims. This made-for-cable movie is a disgrace to its inspiration, Jules Dassin's gritty 1948 film noir classic NAKED CITY. Bennett does make his characterization both pitiable and scary as he executes habitual drunk drivers who've gone unpunished by the legal system. But what can one say about a police procedural thriller in which the killer's disguise is so authentic no one suspects for a moment that he's wearing... a mask?! At this point in time, there are far more than 8 million stories in the naked city, and this is one of the more preposterous ones.

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  • Released: 1999
  • Rating: R
  • Review: It's the holiday season, and a serial killer is terrorizing Manhattan. Can NYPD partners Daniel Muldoon (Scott Glenn) and Jimmy Halloran (Courtney B. Vance) track down the perp? Disguising himself — thanks to a hyper-realistic face mask — as Ralp… (more)

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